The Basilica of Saint Stephen

The site of today's basilica was Hetz-Theater in the 18th century, which hosted animal fights. Zitterbarth János, one of wealthy citizens of the newly formed district, built a temporary church there. In 1817, about a thousand believers formed the Lipótváros Parish. Then began the fundraising and a plenty of plans was made for the future church. This basilica is the largest and most important building for the christian cult in Budapest. The church is a neoclassical architectural jewel unique in its kind. Its completion took more than half a century (mainly because of a storm that collapsed the dome). Today it is possible to climb over the dome and enjoy a gorgeous view of the city while the inside hosts a rich collection of liturgical objects. The main attraction of the basilica is a holy relic of utmost importance in Hungary: the holy right hand of Saint Stephen. The relic is guarded in a richly ornamented reliquary behind the altar. If we don't know which Budapest city-tour is better, try to choose that, where you can view this wonderful building. 47.500843, 19.053847